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U.S. Foreign Policy Resources

American Diplomacy 
Electronic Commentary, Analysis, and Research on American Foreign Policy and its Practice

America's Global Role 
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.  Through in-depth analyses and opinion studies, Public Agenda gives public officials and leaders a unique opportunity to discover what Americans are really thinking.  Drawing on its research, Public Agenda prepares a broad array of educational materials that help explain policy issues to the public in a balanced and easy-to-understand way

Electronic Research Collection 
The ERC Electronic Research Collection (ERC) is a partnership of US State Department, the University of Illinois at Chicago Library and the Federal Depository Library Program. The ERC collection mainly includes the archived electronic documents from the US State Department website and US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Contains historical materials from 1993 to the present.

Foreign Policy in Focus 
Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF), established in 1996, seeks to make the U.S. a more responsible global leader and global partner. It functions as an international network of more than 650 policy analysts and advocates. Unlike traditional think tanks, FPIF is committed to advancing a citizen-based foreign policy agenda--one that is fundamentally rooted in citizen initiatives and movements.

Foreign Relations of the United States 
Volumes in the series since 1952 are organized chronologically according to Presidential administrations, and geographically and topically within each subseries: 25 volumes cover the Kennedy administration (1961-1963), 34 cover the Johnson administration (1964-1968), and about 40 are scheduled for the Nixon and Ford administrations (1969-1972, 1974-1976). Volumes on the Nixon administration are now being researched, annotated, and prepared for publication.

United States Department of State 
A principal site devoted to U.S. foreign policy. There are links to the full text of speeches by the Secretary of State and other high-ranking Department officials, transcripts of daily press briefings, texts of major publications and many more.

United States Department of State - International Information Programs 
State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) engages international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society and values to help create an environment receptive to U.S. national interests.

IIP communicates with foreign opinion makers and other publics through a wide range of print and electronic outreach materials published in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Persian, Russian, and Spanish. IIP also provides information outreach support to U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Meta Sites & Major Gateways

Meta Sites

Foreign Affairs Online 
Foreign Affairs Online has been specifically designed to assist students and other individuals interested in International Relations, International Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Virtual Resources: International Relations Research Resources on the Web 
An annotated compilation of Ronald J. Deibert from Univ. of Toronto

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources 
This section of the WWW Virtual Library system presents over 2400 annotated links in a wide range of international affairs and international relations topics. Most of the sites are in English and are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, high-quality information and analysis online.

Major Gateways

CrisisWeb: The International Crisis Group 
The International Crisis Group (ICG) is a private, multinational organisation, with over 80 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and contain conflict. is a specialized gateway in international politics. An information, communication and consulting centre on Internet designed to cover the needs of practitioners  in international relations.  A step forward involving new technologies on behalf of better governance. 

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) 
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) is a free-of-charge service for politicians, journalists, researchers and the interested public. FIRST is a joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Foreign Policy Association 
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental, educational organization founded in 1918 to educate Americans about the significant international issues that influence their lives. FPA provides impartial publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to those policy issues.

Global Beat: A Resource Service for the Global Journalist 
The Center For War, Peace And The News Media At New York University

INCORE - Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity 
INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity) was set up in 1993 by the University of Ulster and the United Nations University to undertake research and policy work that is useful to the resolution of ethnic, political and religious conflicts.  Currently, INCORE's research focuses mainly on post conflict issues, issues of governance and diversity, and research methodology in violent societies.

International Relations and Security Network (ISN) 
Numerous research institutes and international organizations, and hundreds of professionals working in the security community linked and supported by the ISN, create knowledge and facilitate information exchange, dialogue and cooperation. They and the ISN are part of a vast network of cooperative relations that reaches around the globe.

Managing Global Issues Project Information Network 
The Network is a free, on-line, searchable database designed to enlarge the international community of scholars and practitioners interested in the comparative analysis of global issues management. The Network stores information on: (1) Experts, (2) Publications, (3) Institutions/Research Projects, and (4) Meetings. Each entry is coded according to one of 20 global issues (e.g. weapons of mass destruction, labor rights, environment, etc.) and/or one of 16 global themes (e.g. NGOs, compliance, enforcement, etc.).

United States Institute of Peace 
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Established in 1984, the Institute meets its congressional mandate through an array of programs, including grants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities. The Institute's Board of Directors is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.

Washington International Librarians Group 
WILG, or rather the Washington International Librarian's Group, was formed in the Spring of 1997 by a group of librarians in the Washington DC area who had a mutual interest in sharing information on various topics related to international affairs. This web site provides information on meetings and events, the group's favorite Internet Resources, and a profiles of the libraries and librarians associated with the group.

Commercial Sites

Access UN 
AccessUN provides: 
Links to related full-text documents/sites
Access to masthead documents and Official Records
Indexed periodical articles and UN Treaties
Voting Records in selected Summary Record and Provisional Verbatim documents
Ideal information for libraries at small liberal arts colleges and research organizations
Perfect for Model UN participants preparing position papers, resolutions, etc.
Over 350,000 citations More than 10,000 full-text documents 

Columbia International Affairs Online 
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. Each section of CIAO is updated with new material on a regular schedule. Working papers are augmented every month, as are conference proceedings, policy briefs and economic indicators. Links and resources, the schedule of events and the response files are updated weekly. New journal issues and books are added as they become available. 
The most available data and ratings for a single country. International Country Risk Guide data and ratings for multiple countries. 
CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world. Select a country from the drop-down menu above or from the regional menu on the left to sample our information.

Digital National Security Archive 
The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive collection of primary documents available: The database contains more than 35,000 of the most important, declassified documents that led to the policy decisions. The Digital National Security Archive contains fifteen complete collections, Afghanistan, Berlin Crisis 1958-1962, Cuban Missile Crisis, El Salvador, Iran-Contra Affair, Intelligence Community, Iran Revolution, Iraqgate, Military Uses of Space, Nicaragua, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Philippines, Presidential Directives from Truman to Clinton, South Africa, and Soviet Estimate.

Economist Intelligence Unit 
The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world's leading provider of country intelligence.  Their  mission is to help executives make better business decisions by providing up-to-date, reliable and impartial analysis on worldwide market trends and business strategies. They continuously assess and forecast political, economic and business conditions in almost 200 countries, and provide insight into how companies are responding.

Oxford Analytica 
Provides timely analysis of global political, economic, and social developments drawn from an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts.

United Nations Treaty Collection 
Prepared and updated regularly by the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, this on-line service offers access to over 40,000 treaties and international agreements.

Specialized Resources

Armed Conflict Events Data 
The purpose of the Armed Conflict Events Data is to provide interested parties with a comprehensive source for all the events generally acknowledged as have had some military significance. This database therefore includes wars, civil wars, revolutions and revolts, rebellions, secessions, coups, genocides, ethnic violence and assassinations -- all of which generically described as armed conflicts here. 

CaseNet is a World Wide Web site for teachers interested in the use of the case method in International Affairs. Sponsored by the Active Learning in International Affairs Section (ALIAS) of the International Studies Association, CaseNet participants include a large number of Pew Faculty Fellows and a growing number of faculty world-wide who are experienced, or simply interested in teaching international affairs with  and other active learning approaches. The purpose of the Armed Conflict Events Data is to provide interested parties with a comprehensive source for all the events generally acknowledged as have had some military significance. This database therefore includes wars, civil wars, revolutions and revolts, rebellions, secessions, coups, genocides, ethnic violence and assassinations -- all of which generically described as armed conflicts here. 

Conversations with History 
In these lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. They reminisce about their participation in great events, and they share their perspectives on the past and reflect on what the future may hold. Guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists. The interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world. At the heart of each interview is a focus on individuals and ideas that make a difference.

CRInfo: The Conflict Resolution Information Service 
CRInfo (pronounced "See Our Info") is a free service funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As a "linking" site, our staff of editors maintains a keyword-coded catalog of over 13,000 Web, print, organizational, and other conflict resolution-related resources. These core catalogs are supplemented with a growing collection of secondary catalogs, containing thousands of additional links to Web-based news stories, feature articles, cultural background information, documents describing ongoing conflicts, and government dispute resolution-related Web pages. Many powerful tools are available to help users find information which addresses their specific needs.

International Boundary News Database 
International Boundaries Research Unit of University of Durham, UK provides this searchable database that focuses on news relating to international boundary and territorial disputes since 1991.

Measuring Globalization 
The fourth annual A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Globalization Index reveals that even as the world economy slowed, Internet growth in poor countries and increased cross-border travel deepened global links. In last year’s index, Ireland and Switzerland topped our ranking of political, economic, personal, and technological globalization in 62 countries. Find out who’s up, who’s down, and who’s the most global of them all this year.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection 
University of Texas site with a free collection of maps of the world, all world regions, and individual countries, and conflict areas.  It also gives links to other map repositories.

PRAXIS: Resources for Social and Economic Development 
PRAXIS provides access to a vast array of archival resources on international and comparative social development. The intellectual commitment of PRAXIS is to the promotion of positive social change through informed action. Thus, PRAXIS has been designed to meet the informational needs of two audiences:
1. social work educators and students with international interests; and,
2. other educators and students who require assistance in locating useful national and international resources on social and economic development.

SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
The task of this institute is to conduct research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace.

Strategic Intelligence 
Political Science Department at Loyola College in Maryland site with links to web resources on strategic intelligence.

Country-Specific Resources

Background Notes 
Department of State web site on country information 

World Leaders 
The Central Intelligence Agency publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments weekly.

Country Reports 
Country information from around the world.  A resource for business, tourists, students and teachers. Country Briefings 
News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics 
This site provides links to official Embassy web sites in Washington, DC and other country resources.

Governments on the Web 
University of British Columbia Library has selected titles from various foreign governments. Great Britain is well represented, as, to a lesser degree, are Australia and some European and Commonwealth countries.

Library of Congress Country Studies 
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered. Notable omissions include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations.

Permanent Missions to the United Nations - New York 
This UN Development Program site gives links to UN delegation sites in New York and Geneva.

Political Studies Association
Links to Web Sites of National Parliaments, Parliaments around the World, Political Parties around the World

Project Visa 
This site spotlights visa and embassy information for all countries.

This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases. Also included are the subdivisions of various countries, as well as a selection of international organizations. Recent foreign ministers of all countries are listed separately.

World Factbook 
This annually updated U.S. government publication provides country profiles besides maps, detailed information on nation's geography, people,  government, economy, communications, transportation system, military and involvement in transnational issues.

World Political Leaders 1945-2008 
This personal site lists world leaders by country, and gives links to sites with biographies and pictures.

International Law Resources

American Society of International Law 
This comprehensive site gives links to selected material in areas such as armed conflict, dispute resolution, and human rights. 

The Avalon Project 
Yale Law School site that gathers Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy. This comprehensive site gives links to selected material in areas such as armed conflict, dispute resolution, and human rights.  

Multilaterals Project 
The Multilaterals Project, begun in 1992, is an ongoing project at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts to make available the texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments. Although the project was initiated to improve public access to environmental agreements, the collection today also includes treaties in the fields of human rights, commerce and trade, laws of war and arms control, and other areas.  The vast majority of texts date from the second half of this century, but the collection also includes historical texts, from the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia to the Covenant of the League of Nations.

Peace Agreements Digital Collection 
The Peace Agreements Digital Collection strives to contain the full text of agreements signed by the major contending parties ending inter- and intra-state conflicts worldwide since 1989. It is a collection constantly under development by the Jeannette Rankin Library Program as a means to strengthen worldwide access to information on peaceful means to end international conflict.

Treaties in Force 
A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force.

International Organizations

International Agencies and Information on the Web 
University of Michigan Library Documents Center 

International Documents Collection 
Northwestern University Library Government Publications and Maps collects the historic and current publications of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). An IGO is a structure based on a formal instrument of agreement between nations. The Department has been a depository of the United Nations since 1946, the Organization of the American States since 1962, and the European Union since 1970. Other IGOs represented in the collection are the International Labour Organization, International Monetary Fund, League of Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank. Materials are in electronic, microfiche and print formats. The Department maintains a list of foreign government web sites, but the collection does not contain the documents of foreign governments. University of Michigan Library Documents Center  Northwestern University Library Government Publications and Maps collects the historic and current publications of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).

Union of International Associations 
The Union of International Associations (UIA), a nonprofit clearing house for information on over 40,000 international organizations and constituencies, has been a pioneer in the provision of information on international organizations and their global challenges since its foundation in 1910. We have some very useful databases available for you on paper, on-line and on CD-Rom. These are valuable tools for a wide variety of users and tasks, whether focused on action, research or decision-making.

United Nations

Global Policy Forum 
UN monitoring global policy making.

UN Documentation Centre 
This center gives links to the various types of documents and publications issued by the Organization (e.g, reports, resolutions, meeting records, sales publications, press releases). It links to actions taken by the General Assembly as well as the Security Council and introduces researchers to major fields of UN activities: disarmament, human rights, international law and peacekeeping.

UN System Pathfinder 
The purpose of this Pathfinder prepared by United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library is to identify major publications of the organizations comprising the United Nations system. Materials were selected with a view to currency, relevance and usefulness. Global studies and reports, handbooks and guides, bibliographies and indices, international statistical publications, compilations of treaties, resolutions and documents as well as annual reports of UN bodies and specialized agencies are included. Some standard reference works published outside of the UN system are also featured in the section "The United Nations and international organizations".

UN Scholars' Workstation 
The United Nations Scholars' Workstation, developed by the Yale University Library and the Social Science Statistical Laboratory, is a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information. Subject coverage includes disarmament, economic and social development, environment, human rights, international relations, international trade, peacekeeping, and population and demography. The workstation directly supports teaching and research in United Nations Studies as well as the Independent Working Group on the Future of the United Nations, headquartered at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS).

Human Rights Resources

Amnesty International On-line 
Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 
The report entitled "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" is submitted to the Congress by the Department of State in compliance with sections 116(d) and 502(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (FAA), as amended, and section 504 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate, by February 25 "a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Department of State has also included reports on several countries that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement.

Human Rights Watch 
This independent nongovernmental organization monitors worldwide human rights abuses, tracks regional developments as well as global issues such as women's and children's rights and international justice.

Project Diana: An Online Human Rights Archive 
Yale Law School Project

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library 
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center has developed this Library with generous support from the Ford Foundation, The John Merck Fund, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the University of Minnesota Law School, the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, the West Group, and through the DIANA consortium for establishment of an international human rights database to commemorate the pioneering work of Diana Vincent-Daviss.

Country and Regional Data 
ALL COUNTRIES (data sources that include 150 or more nations; arranged by subject or topic.  Developed & Maintained by Lloyd C. Russow at Philadelphia University.

International Data Base 
The U.S. Census Bureau International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.

International Relations Data Site 
International Relations Data Site is created and maintained by Paul Hensel of the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. This site includes seven pages of links to on-line data resources for the serious international relations scholar.  These pages are meant to include the most useful data sources on processes of international conflict and cooperation, as well as data covering international economic, environmental, political, and social data and data on similar topics for the United States.

OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web 
University of Auckland Library site.  Free and easily accessible statistics from official sources. Current data.  Time series are frequently available. Many data are downloadable as text or spreadsheet files.

Peace Science Society (International) 
A Scientific Association of Individuals Developing Theory and Methods for the Study of Peace.

United Nations Statistics Division
The Statistics Division compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook and yearbooks in individual specialized fields of statistics. It also provides to countries, specifications of the best methods of compiling information so that data from different sources can be readily compared.

World Bank Group: Data and Statistics 
Almost all the data reported in this site are derived, either directly or indirectly, from official statistical systems organized and financed by national governments. The World Bank, in collaboration with many other agencies is actively involved in improving both the coverage of and effectiveness of these systems.  

Last updated on December 28, 2010.